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Our CBA North alphabet of archaeology continues: C and D, E and F

CBA North News
Today we have a range of items of interest for you. Again we continue through the alphabet  of archaeology across our region with C and D, E and F with a mix of Cresswell, Dogs, Egypt and Excavations, notice of a Forum and also of Fieldwork reported. We also look ahead to the Festival of Archaeology as well.

No less important we also remind you below of three other letters – A, G and M. Our AGM is on Saturday 20 May in Newcastle this year. Committee have noted the discussions from our recent Conference/Workshop and this gives us a chance to discuss in more detail our work – past, present and future – for you and your group.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 12.05.2017

CBA North AGM 2017 – a reminder
Our AGM is on Saturday 20 May 2017. If you haven’t booked up, or let us know of your apologies and instructions, please do so as soon as possible. This is your chance to hear of the work that Committee have been involved with on your behalf at local, regional and national meetings, as well as your chance to help in our aims and direction for the future. If you wish to raise anything please do so by the end of this week. We are especially keen that our group members to send representatives along.

We had various comments for a ‘resource bank’ at our conference/workshop in April, as well as more generally, and will look to discuss this and CBA North’s role into the future at this meeting.

The meeting is not all business however. The day gives you the chance to network and update other members of news, as well as hear a talk on the Portable Antiquities Scheme – in its 20th anniversary year – as well as participate in special tours of the Great North Museum: Hancock.

If you have had problems printing or returning the booking form sent through the emails, please let us know (including for any apologies and instructions in your absence) by emailing us at cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org.

The booking form is available on our website home page as a .pdf and also as a .doc file if you find it easier to use those versions. The deadline for any business from the floor to be considered is Saturday.

Cresswell Tower Excavations – an update
Philippa Hunter, formerly Cockburn, of Archaeological Research Services has sent us this update of work whose open-day we publicised earlier this year.

“The Cresswell Pele Tower Project is led by Cresswell Parish Council and the Greater Morpeth Development Trust. The aim of this Heritage Lottery Funded project is to remove the tower (see below) from the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register and to provide public access to the tower. This aim will be met while also providing volunteer opportunities and public engagement activities. The programme of archaeological work includes geophysical survey, fieldwalking, archaeological evaluation trenching, building survey, watching brief and archival research.


The pele tower with excavations, and excavators, in the foreground.

 

Cresswell Pele Tower represents a well-preserved example of a border tower house or ‘pele’ and is believed to date to the 14th or 15th century. In the 18th century a large mansion house was constructed adjoining the tower, but was later demolished. The tower now stands on the edge of a caravan park where it has been the target of vandals in recent years.

 

A two-week archaeological evaluation followed geophysical survey and fieldwalking in February 2017. The evaluation was conducted within Fisheries Field, to the east and south of the pele tower, and in the immediate vicinity of the pele tower itself. The evaluation aimed to identify and assess any archaeological features within these areas. A total of nine evaluation trenches were excavated within Fisheries Field and revealed evidence of Mesolithic flint knapping activity, Bronze Age burials and medieval ploughing.


The remains of an earlier building – a wall foundation and cobbled floor surface

A further three, hand-dug trenches were opened up around the tower. These trenches produced important new evidence for buried archaeological remains including an earlier building than the tower consisting of a cobbled floor surface and a rough but substantial wall foundation (see above). Medieval pottery dating from the 12th -14th centuries was also recovered supporting the structural evidence for occupation on the site pre-dating the pele tower”.

Philippa Hunter

Full reports of the work carried out, so far, can be found on the project’s website pages here. These reports include further details of the varied fieldwork, locations around Cresswell and also of the many of the finds recovered.

Further work is planned, as well as a talk on Wednesday 26 July at Cresswell Village Hall by Barry Mead as part of the Festival of Archaeology events across the north and indeed across the country.

The Dogs of Ancient Egypt
Our further letters of the alphabet come from the North East Ancient Egypt Society’s meeting. The cats of Ancient Egypt are well-known generally, but this talk deals with the dogs.

Other Events this weekend
Other events this weekend also include the AGM of our group member the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland at Shildon, near Darlington, the Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum’s second conference at Wallsend Memorial Hall (places are still available from here) for our F which includes details of the CITiZAN project whose fieldwork we covered last year (pictured below), as well as CBA National’s Member’s Weekend which is based on Tyneside this year.

We’ll have more on Festival of Archaeology events in further emails to you. We are particularly keen to promote the work of groups across our region, especially to those unable to make our April event. Please feel free to let us know of your future events.

CBA North at CIfA and other conferences

Today the three-day long national conference of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) has begun in Newcastle upon Tyne. This conference has the overall title Archaeology: a global profession, with the themes of professionalism, protection and discovery. Further details can be found on the pages of the Institute here.

CBA North members are taking part as session organisers, speakers and, of course, in the audiences. We hope to bring you a round-up of this from a variety of perspectives on what people heard and saw. Members of CBA North Committee, also there, will be about working on your behalf there as well. For up-to-the-minute archaeological news and views from the conference please see this #CIFA2017 link.

There has already been one major national conference in the region – the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) – which this year was hosted by Durham University. If you were there and could provide a round-up for everyone else who wasn’t, please get in touch. We would like to carry further round-ups of other current and national archaeological events throughout the year; if you would like to volunteer to do such – or are organising an event large or small – please let us know. 

Our own Conference/Workshop is on 29 April as you all know. Our AGM preparations are also well advanced and we remind you the date to keep clear if you can is Saturday 20 May. This will also be in Newcastle this year and will be at the Great North Museum: Hancock. The details of this day will be with you soon.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 19.04.2017

CBA North’s Event: a reminder

CBA North News
We hope that CBA North’s members and followers have been enjoying the spread and range of events across the CBA North region in the past week. There are still, however, many April events still to come; that includes our own CBA North event for which there is still time to book up.We will be circulating a summary of the workshop discussion part of the day soon after the event. If you are unable to attend, but would like to contribute to the Conference/Workshop please send those in as soon as possible.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 10.04.2017

CBA North’s Own Event – a final call for booking up

This is the last email call for booking up at our own CBA North event on Saturday, 29th April 2017. You still have some time to book a place for you or others of your local group/s. We have circulated the details to a number of other local groups, but please feel free to circulate this email further around your contacts as well. We are keen that everyone that may be interested can come along to what will be both an interesting and entertaining day.

People do not have to be CBA National or CBA North members in order to attend.

Here are the short and long links that you can circulate around your group if you are having difficulties forwarding the email and sharing the blog post onwards. You can also use the Forward to a Friend link that can be found on the left hand side of this email as well. Our website opens with details for the day as well where the page includes a Word downloadable booking form here.

We will send out an acknowledgement to all those who have booked places during next weekend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Spring starts with a bang(le)?

CBA North News
It has been a while since our last email to you with details of our own event, but CBA North Committee have been busy behind the scenes on your behalf across, and beyond, the CBA North region. Today we start April with a similar spread announcing events this month across the region, as well as giving an update for those yet to book their place at our own CBA North event. Spring starting with a bang includes bangles as per that below.
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The Portable Antiquities Scheme/The Trustees of the British Museum [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]After the Conference/Workshop later this month, our next event will be our AGM on Saturday, 20th May, which is also in Newcastle this year. We have a range of speakers confirmed, and still to confirm, as well as the business of the day where we’ll note some of the activities that Committee been doing for you and your local groups. Further information will be sent out regarding the AGM closer to the date – we notice many AGMs this month in our events listing below, but all are crucial to the running of groups.

If you would like to contribute any material, particular of things past you think newsworthy, please talk to a CBA North Committee member when they are out and about – we try and get out to all our local group members at some point in time throughout the year – or feel free to email us at any time.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 02.04.2017

CBA North’s Own Event

Our last email gave you all the details for our own CBA North event on Saturday, 29th April 2017. There is still some time to book a place for you or others of your local group. Our previous post was to CBA North’s Members and Followers only, but we are keen that others should come along as well.

People do not have to be CBA National or CBA North members in order to attend.

There are short and long links that you can circulate around your group if you are having difficulties forwarding the email and sharing the blog post onwards, as well as the Forward to a Friend link in this email itself. Behind the scenes we have also changed over our website to open with details for the conference as well and this page also now, includes a Word downloadable form as well which can be found here.

The deadline for booking places remains Friday, 14th April 2017. We will send out an acknowledgement to all those who have booked places during the weekend after that date.

Other April Events
Also behind the scenes we’ve revised and updated our Events page on the website – this includes some changes for April events, as well as additions further ahead from September to November. This month’s list is below for you, for the others you’ll have to see our Events page.

3 April – AGM and Iron Age and Roman period glass bangles, Tatiana Ivleva [BAS]
5 April – Rethinking henge monuments of the British Isles: what can we say about this ‘type’ of site?, Lucy Cummings [NAG]
5 April – AGM and Excavations in Northumberland in 2016, Richard Carlton [TILLVAS] 
7 April – Bog Bodies, Prof. Miranda Aldhouse-Green [WCAS]
10 April – AGM and roundup of projects over the last 12 months [LUNESDALE]
13 April – The Cumwhitton Viking Burials: Part 2 – Interpretation, Adam Parsons [APPLEBY]
18 April – To Be Confirmed [TAS]
20 April – Prehistoric Flint Mines, Pete Topping [CCA]
22 April – Desert wastes, pagan temples and the Nile Valley: locating monasteries in Coptic Egypt, James Taylor [ARCH & ARCH, NEAES]
26 April – A battalion on the learning curve; 18 DLI in training and in war, Alistair Fraser [SOCANTS]

To save overloading you with information, we’ve the posters for the two events in north Northumberland this week below. Further information will hopefully be with you this time next week.

Starting or Ending the Year with a Bang(le)?
This lecture follows the BAS AGM at Berwick tomorrow night. Glass bangles are familiar finds across CBA North’s region and have been studied since the 1930s, but little studied in depth outside of the region. This talk will illustrate what can be gleaned from the larger geographical study of one object type. 

Excavations in Northumberland
Also paired with an AGM is this TillVAS lecture on Wednesday night. This lecture will be looking more at a range of sites and their excavation.

CBA North’s Event: Summarising and Sustaining

CBA North’s 2017 Event: Summarising and Sustaining: A Conference/Workshop

This email gives you all the details and forms for our own CBA North Conference/Workshop.

It includes the announcement and invitation, programme and booking form for our own CBA North event on Saturday, 29th April 2017. In this page, and on our website page here, we have also provided downloadable versions of the documents in case you would like to circulate them around your own local groups and contacts, as well as to fill in and book yourself.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 14.03.2017

The Announcement and Your Invitation
Dear Member/s,

A FREE event to be held at Newcastle University, Saturday 29th April 2017.

  • You are invited to participate as a Member of CBA North.
  • Group Members should appoint their own official representatives for this day (more especially for the workshop part).
  • We would be grateful if individual and group members could circulate these details as widely as possible. ATTENDANCE IS NOT JUST RESTRICTED TO CBA NORTH MEMBERS BUT NUMBERS WILL HAVE TO BE CAPPED AT 60.
  • A booking form is included below. Again please feel free to copy and distribute this to anyone who might be interested in attending.

ABOUT THE DAY

  • A map of the Newcastle University campus can be found here – we will be meeting in the Number 22 of the second map shown.
  • The meeting will start at 9.30 am and will include morning and afternoon refreshments. Lunch is not provided. Please make your own arrangementsThe day will have two parts;

1) Summarising:

  • Invited speakers (see the Programme below) will update the meeting on community-based projects from all across the CBA North Region.
  • There will be opportunity for groups and individuals to bring display materials relating to recent and on-going work. (Please let us know in advance if you wish to do this).
  • The meeting will start at 9.30am, but displays can be set up from 9.00am.

2) Sustaining:

  • The second part is the Sustaining Workshop where we hope you will join in a full discussion about the future development of community archaeology and local archaeology groups in the region. What are the main challenges to sustaining community-based efforts? What makes a successful local archaeology group?
    YOUR VIEWS AND OPINIONS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT HERE!
  • The discussion will be chaired by Paul Frodsham, who will be known to many for his innovative work in developing community archaeology projects in the region
  • CBA North is keen to hear what you feel that the organisation should be doing to help in sustaining local groups and building the local network.
  • CBA North will capture the main themes and elements of this discussion for future circulation to individuals and group members.

Please return your completed booking form to CBA North by 14 April 2017 if you wish to attend. If you are unable to attend but wish to make comments please use the form working to the same deadline. I hope you will join me in what promises to be a most interesting day!

Best wishes,

Richard Forster
CBA North Chair, 14.03.2017

Programme
MORNING: We want people to share information about the current state of community archaeology in the region through a series of 20 minute ‘snapshots’ by project members and organisers, relating to some of their recent and ongoing project work.

AFTERNOON: Our aim is to facilitate a wide ranging and open discussion, where those active in community archaeology can share experiences relating to areas such as funding, project development and completion, and organisational and sustainability issues.

MORNING PROGRAMME: (Chair: Dr. Rob Young)
9.00-9.25 Registration and display set up.
9.25-9.30 Introduction: Richard Forster, Chair CBA North.

9.30-9.50 ‘Down with the kids……’ How do we involve children in Community Archaeology? Dr. Jane Webster, Newcastle University YAC Branches Leader.
9.50-9.55 Questions

9.55-10.15 ‘Altogether Archaeology’- Building a Community of Practice in the North Pennines’. Mike Powell/Tony Metcalfe, Altogether Archaeology.
10.15-10.20 Questions

10.20-10.40 Landscape Survey North of Hadrian’s Wall: The work of the ‘Tynedale North of the Wall Archaeology Group’. Phil Bowyer, Tynedale North of the Wall Archaeology Group.
10.40-10.45 Questions

10.45-11.05 Roman Papcastle and Medieval Abbeytown: Working with the HLF in Cumbria. Mark Graham and Joanne Stamper, GRAMPUS Heritage and Training.
11.05-11.20 Coffee and Questions

11.20-11.40 Flodden 500 Community Project: An EcoMuseum ApproachJane Miller, Education and Outreach Officer, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery.
11.40-11.45 Questions

11.45-12.05 ‘Headlands to Headspace – Celebrating Morecambe Bay’s Heritage’. The Role of Community Archaeology. Louise Martin, H2H Cultural Heritage Officer.
12.05-12.10 Questions

12.10-12.30 ‘Mills and Border Roads: Coquetdale Community Archaeology in Action’. Chris Butterworth/David Jones, Coquetdale Community Archaeology.
12.30-12.45 Questions

12.45-13.05 ‘Interpreting PEREGRINI’. David Suggett, Community Engagement and Interpretation Officer Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership.
13.05-13.10 Questions

13.10-13.45 LUNCH (Please make your own arrangements – The conference room will be open if you bring your own lunch)

AFTERNOON PROGRAMME: 
13.45-14.05 The CBA North: Challenges for the Future. Richard Forster, Chair CBA North.

The afternoon session will be chaired by Paul Frodsham who will also give a lead into the afternoon ‘Workshop’ by discussing his own, wide, experience of organising community archaeology projects.

Coffee will be available from 14.00 so that we can have ‘refreshments’ as we talk.

WORKSHOP: (Chair: Paul Frodsham, Oracle Heritage Services)

14.05-14.25 The ‘Lindisfarne Experience’ of Crowd Funding: A Viable Alternative for the Future? Dr. David Petts, Durham University.
14.25-14.30 Questions

14.30-15.10 ‘So You Want to Organise a Community Archaeology Project?’…. Some do’s, don’ts and general suggestions. Paul Frodsham, Oracle Heritage Services.

15.10-16.30 OPEN FORUM

USING PAUL’S INTRODUCTION, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO SHARE IDEAS, PICK THE SPEAKERS BRAINS, OFFER YOUR OWN SOLUTIONS TO ISSUES LIKE RECRUITMENT AND KEEPING GROUPS ACTIVE AND TOGETHER. THE FLOOR BELONGS TO YOU!

IN ADDITION TO ANY POINTS RAISED BY PAUL IN HIS INTRODUCTION, SOME AREAS FOR DISCUSSION MIGHT INCLUDE:

Fieldwork: methods, training and equipment
Does your group do fieldwork? How do you identify what fieldwork you do? What numbers of members get involved? What equipment do you have or need? What might you share with other groups (knowledge, skills and/or experience)? What training do you want/need? Do you use research frameworks or have your own?

Sponsorship and grants
Do you apply for sponsorship and grants? What do you apply for and who do you apply to? Does your society/group give grants? How are these assessed, and for what are they given? What sums are available? What conditions do you have?

Publication, reporting and archives
What organisation do you report your work? How do you do it? Does your group produce archives? What form do they take and where do they go? Do you produce printed matter? What are your thoughts to electronic publication and/or digitisation? Do you have an existing publication? How regularly is this produced? Where is this taken? Does your group take on archives?

Membership, committee roles and succession plans
What are your membership numbers like? Up, down or steady? What is your proportion of ‘young’ members? Where do you see your group in 5, 10 and more years? Do you have committee roles vacant? What are these? Why are these vacant? Is there any help that other groups can offer? How does the group promote itself? Does the group use social media?

Building the network
What is CBA North doing for you? What would you like to see more of (as an individual or a group)? What and where are the gaps in our coverage? How do we achieve a better network of local groups? What would you like to see CBA North doing? Is there a role for a regional group at all?

BUT THIS LIST IS NOT INTENDED TO BE PRESCRIPTIVE!

CBA North Committee will capture the key points of the discussion with a view to circulating them to those interested after the event. We hope that you enjoy the day!

Booking Form
We will need you to book places for attending this event – this will help us in circulating the workshop discussions later. You can print out and fill in the booking form below, before sending it back into us at cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org.

We have put another format of this form, as a .pdf file, with the other documents onto our website on our Conference/Workshop 2017 website page here, in case you are having problems with printing out this version which you can also fill in and send back to us. We have also attached a Word booking form for you as well here.

Further events around the CBA North region next week

CBA North News

Events continue at speed all across the CBA North region. Tonight sees the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle’s lecture on Medieval manuscripts whilst you’ll need to be quick to book by the end of this week for the Lancaster University Archaeology Forum for the first March weekend if your interests are more in the northwest of our extensive region.

We, like those manuscripts, also aim to illuminate you. In our case of what is happening across the North coming up soon. Next week, also coming at speed, covers the end of February and start of March means events of the Teesside Archaeological Society at the start of the week, the Till Valley Archaeological Society mid-week and also of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland in the weekend as well as the Forum just mentioned.

We have details of each and all below for you to take your pick in attending. Enjoy!

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 22.02.2017

Lancaster University 44th Annual Archaeology Forum
This year’s conference includes a number of talks that may be of interest to CBA North members interested in Cumbrian archaeology. These span the archaeological periods of Roman and Medieval on particular sites across Cumbria (Maryport’s temples and Furness Abbey, in further sites in the Duddon Valley and on an early archaeologist of the Urswick area) as well as talks on drones, LIDAR and the Portable Antiquities Scheme in long-standing projects spanning the CBA North and North West regions.

You will need to be quick to book. Details of the day, including further talks, can be found online here with links to the booking system and a map for the venue itself.

Dance of Death
The mystery of our earlier email ‘The Varied Landscapes Of The CBA North Region (And Beyond)’ sent to you on the 12 February is now explained by our group member the Teesside Archaeological Society as explained by David Errickson their Chair. The next lecture, as usual the last Tuesday of the month – the 28 February – at Stockton Library at 7.30 pm, is Death and Discovery.

This lecture will be by David Dance, now a freelance archaeologist, who will discuss the use of archaeology in forensic investigation, exploring the origins of forensic archaeology and its application in criminal investigations of missing or suspected dead persons, with a practical demonstration of forensic archaeology in action.

Further details of the group, and of the speaker, can be found online through the links of their website, accessible through our own webpage in our Local Societies and Groups entry.

The next TillVAS lecture
Later that week is the next TillVAS lecture. With thanks to Maureen Charlton, their Secretary, details are given in their poster below.

Whilst Coldingham might be outside the already large CBA North region there are many Early Medieval and Medieval connections of the various religious houses here to those within CBA North which this lecture might well cover.

(If one looks at the past then suggestions have been made to include the south of Scotland with the north of England at times – not just in the 1470s, but also in the 1970s a suggestion was made to increase the CBA North region!).

Architectural and Archaeological Society lecture
Our email of the 12 February included notice of an open day in Yorkshire following investigations of a Roman road linking with our region. Belinda Burke, Secretary of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, another of our group members, sends us details of their next lecture which looks at another site connected by a Roman road – this time Dere Street – to our region.

Clashing dates and Future CBA North events
The 4 March, as we have covered today and in previous emails to you, will be a busy day – the Peregrini (covered in the 12 February email) and Lancaster University Conferences at opposite sides and ends of the region, in addition to the lecture immediately above, as well as CBA North Committee meeting in the morning. It is one of those days with lots clashing!

The agenda for the CBA North Committee will be finalising details for our own events with the dates we have already sent you as 29 April and 20 May – hopefully no clashes for those with anyone else, but if you don’t tell us we don’t necessarily know.

Save those dates if you can!

Hot off the press archaeological news

CBA North News

Today we have some events and notices hot off the press – we’ve notice of an open day in south-east Northumberland tomorrow, as well as the programme and notice for the opening of bookings of the ever popular annual Durham Archaeology Day on Monday. The regular events of local groups across the region, however, also continue on; Wednesday sees the next of The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne’s series. This, and others, can be found listed in our Events page of our website.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 18.02.2017

Cresswell Community Archaeology Open-Day
Barry Mead and Archaeological Research Services write to us giving information of an open day tomorrow (Sunday) if you are in the Cresswell area of Northumberland. These excavations, whilst concentrating in the area of the Medieval pele, have revealed a range of evidence from the Mesolithic to the Modern. Details are given in the poster below.

County Durham Archaeology Day: Saturday 11 March 2017
David Mason and Tracey Donnelly of Durham County Council have provided these details of this year’s annual archaeology day in three weeks time. As ever this will be in the the Council Chamber and Durham Room, at County Hall in Durham. This year’s fascinating talks include:

– The Main Walled Garden at Auckland Castle: Repairs and Conservation.
Harry Beamish

– A Round House and a Counting House: Two Recent Historic Building Projects
Richard Annis

– Historic Building Recording at The Gates, Durham City
Tom Addyman

– Recent Archaeological Investigations in the North Pennines
Paul Frodsham

– The Balneum of Concangis: A Roman ‘villa’ Rediscovered at Chester-le-Street
David Mason

Time:             9:45am – 4:15pm

Cost:              £14.00 which includes buffet lunch, teas & coffees; £12.00 for full-time students, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements, or require a vegetarian lunch.

Tickets sell out very quickly so book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets will go on sale from 9.00am Monday 20th February.

To book and pay for a place online follow the link here and click Archaeology Day from the services listed or contact 03000 260000 if you wish to book and pay over the phone.

There will be displays by local societies and archaeological contractors as well as bookstalls in the adjacent Durham Room.

Events listed on the CBA North website
Our Events page continues to list further regular events throughout 2017. We’ll be sending out other news and notices of others events in our next email, if we can, next week.